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Since late March, American Express has been offering the best ever sign-up bonuses on their two co-branded Hilton American Express cards — the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express.
The details of the offers are as follows:
- The no annual fee Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering 80,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 in purchases within the first three months
- The $75 annual fee Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months; you also get a free weekend night valid at any Hilton Honors hotel on your first cardmember anniversary
Anyway, if you’ve been considering one of these cards but haven’t yet applied, note that the increased sign-up bonuses are scheduled to end tomorrow, Wednesday, May 31. The bonus should be pulled sometime midday, meaning you probably have less than a day left to take advantage of this offer. I just applied for the card myself, and will share my experience with that below.
Which sign-up bonus is better?
For a no annual fee card, the 80,000 point sign-up bonus on the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is great This is a card that can be worth holding onto long term, and to many is probably attractive since it has no annual fee.
However, personally I think the $75 annual fee Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is even more interesting, as it offers 100,000 points plus a free weekend night on your first account anniversary.
Even if you don’t value the free night on the account anniversary that much (which you should — it’s worth up to 95,000 points), I think it’s worth going for the Surpass over the no annual fee card, since the incremental 20,000 points should be worth more the $75 annual fee.
On top of that, the Surpass product offers Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card, plus Hilton Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year. This is the lowest annual fee card that offers Gold status without any sort of a spend requirement.
Getting approved for the Hilton Amex Cards
The bonuses on both of these cards are “once in a lifetime,” though you’re eligible for the bonus on each card — so if you’ve had the Hilton Honors Card before, you’re still eligible for the bonus on the Hilton Surpass Card, and vice versa.
Anecdotally I find that these cards are quite easy to get approved for, and that many people report instant approvals. Furthermore, in the unlikely event that you are denied, keep in mind that this typically won’t count against your credit score, assuming you’re an existing cardmember.
I just got approved for the Surpass Card
I just submitted my application yesterday for the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express, and am already approved for the card. Funny enough I actually didn’t get an instant approval, but it was processed in less than 24 hours. Meanwhile virtually all my friends and family who have applied and given me data points said they were approved instantly.
You have one day left to take advantage of the increased sign-up bonuses on the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express. These are the biggest ever sign-up bonuses we’ve seen on the cards, so if you haven’t had one or both of the cards, you’re potentially eligible for both bonuses.
Personally I think the Surpass is the most compelling, as this is by far the best bonus the card has ever had.